Red Clay Creek

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Red Clay Creek is a 13.6-mile-long (21.9 km) tributary of White Clay Creek, running through southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware in the United States.[1][2] As of 2000, portions of the creek are under wildlife habitat protection.


The East and West branches both rise in West Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, near the hamlet of Upland, and flow south through Kennett Square before uniting just north of the Delaware border. The stream enters Delaware near the town of Yorklyn and flows southward through New Castle County, passing through Marshallton. White Clay Creek empties into Red Clay Creek near Stanton,[3] approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Wilmington. Ultimately, Red Clay Creek enters the Christina River, also near Stanton.[3]



The creek serves as a boundary between the Hundreds of Mill Creek and Christiana.[3] The Wilmington and Western Railroad follows the creek south from Yorklyn as far as Greenbank.

In the late 19th Century, several factories were located along Red Clay Creek, including those for the manufacture of flour, wool and iron.[3]

The creek suffered from severe flooding in 1999 due to Hurricane Floyd and in 2003 due to Tropical Storm Henri.

Since 2000, portions of the river, along with other tributaries of White Clay Creek, have been protected as part of the White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River.


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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ The U.S. Geological Survey citation and the Boyd, William citation conflict on which is a tributary of the other, White Clay Creek or Red Clay Creek. The text of the article reflects the U.S. Geological Survey information; Boyd indicates that White Clay Creek is a tributary of Red Clay Creek and that it is Red Clay Creek which flows into the Christina (Christiana) River.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Boyd, William H. (1874), The Delaware state directory and gazetteer for 1874–75, Wilmington, DE: Commercial Press, pp. 367, 467, 519, OCLC 42023366, retrieved May 17, 2012 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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Coordinates: 39°48′51″N 75°41′07″W / 39.81414°N 75.68537°W / 39.81414; -75.68537